When should I show up?
We have one service on Sundays. It starts promptly at 10:00am.
• Show up a few minutes early so we can direct you to the coffee and donuts and make sure you know where the restroom is.
• Show up a few minutes late if you’re terribly shy!
• If you have kids or babies, ten minutes early might be good.
What should I expect when I arrive?
We want every new visitor to feel welcome from the moment you arrive at Fellowship Church Lubbock. We promise to do our best not to overwhelm you – or ignore you! We’ll never ask you to stand up to be recognized, or put a spotlight on you! But we would love the opportunity to assist you and serve you – so don’t be surprised if someone asks if they can help you. First things first, though… have a donut and a fresh hot cup of some really great coffee!
What should I wear?
Clothes will be fine! You’ll see people from many different walks of life at FCL. Baristas, lawyers, laborers, teachers, painters, IT people, engineers, architects, college students, and retired grandmothers. You’ll likely see business casual attire, jeans, t-shirts, pantsuits, dresses, polo’s, khaki shorts, suits or sport jackets (with or without a tie) sneakers, sandals, slippers and, of course, the occasional hipster/vintage/creative wardrobe. Regardless of style of dress, please feel welcome.
NOTE TO VISITORS:
When you attend, please pick up a Visitor Information Card near the offering box.
Fill it out and hand it to an Elder. We promise he won’t harass you – but he’d really love to meet you and welcome you to FCL!
If you prefer to make a quick get-away, just drop the card into the offering box and run!
If you’re not overly focused on your sprinting as you pass the table in the foyer, please grab a copy of the free book we offer as a gift to visitors.
What can I expect in the Service? (Please also see our “Core Doctrines“)
When you walk through the doors of Fellowship Church Lubbock you can be assured that the Gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ alone, according to the Word of God alone, will be the central focus – to the glory of God alone.
Our primary purpose is to glorify, enjoy and worship God, and to equip the Body of Christ to do the same by the teaching and preaching of God’s Word – “the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him”.
Bob Kauflin wrote that “Biblical worship is God’s covenant people recognizing, reveling in, and responding rightly to the glory of God in Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.”
When you attend the Sunday morning service, our objective is to “worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).
Worship in Spirit:
We believe that redeemed believers, being indwelt by the Holy Spirit, have a unique connection with God. The souls of those who are made “new creatures” (born again, redeemed, saints, the elect, in Christ) owe their new life and spiritual vibrancy to the Holy Spirit. John Piper writes, “True worship comes only from spirits made alive and sensitive by the quickening of the Spirit of God” The Holy Spirit indwells, gives life to, and energizes the souls of the Redeemed.
FCL is a place of worship. Redeemed individuals gather together (Psalm 22:22-28) to express thankfulness and adoration to our God as Creator, King, Redeemer and Father, as an offering to Him, as we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to do so.
Worship in Truth:
We believe that we are to worship in truth. Truth must always be confirmed by the Word of God. To know God is to know His Word, and God’s Word can only be revealed as truth to our sinful hearts by the Holy Spirit. We strive to devote our minds, bodies and spirits to God. Therefore, we place the greatest possible emphasis on God’s perfect and sufficient scriptures.
• Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. (John 17:17)
• …as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
Music is not worship. But music can certainly be a means to express worship!
We do not intend our music or worship to be an “experience” or the cornerstone of our encouragement or faith. We do not believe that music motivates or induces worship. The motive for worship is truth, not music.
John MacArthur says: “Since our Bible is timeless and divine truth is timeless, there’s a timelessness about our music. The music of the redeemed is reflective of that which is most lofty, most elevated, most exalted, most noble: the truth of God – it never changes. It displays elements of beauty, elements of loftiness, elements of majesty, elements of order and design consistent with God’s nature. It is intelligent; it is systematic; it is sequential. It is poetic; it is harmonic; it is rhythmic. It possesses resolution. That’s our music. Our music doesn’t ride the culture among the redeemed, it simply reveals the truth, and the truth never changes.”
Our music is simply an additional means that we utilize;
(a) to proclaim God’s glorious attributes and His grace, as revealed in His Word and
(b) to express our love and adoration to God for who He is, what He’s done, and particularly for our salvation. He is worthy of all praise!
Our goal is that every song will reflect the precepts you will hear in the preaching of the Word of God. The worship music at FCL is blended, offering a variety of styles including newer compositions and cherished hymns. All our songs are a response of one great spiritual reality: all we are, and all we have, is by God’s grace alone.
Our hope is that the worship service at FCL is simply a response to the grace and mercy of God proclaimed in His Word and reflected in the songs we sing.
• Through the abundance of your steadfast love, I will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple in the fear of you. (Psalm 5:7)
• Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; meditate on and talk of all His wondrous works and devoutly praise them! (I Chronicles 16:9)
• Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright. Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts. For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. (Psalm 33:1-4)
FCL strives to offer authentic aid to your fellowship, spiritual growth, worship and bible study, all at your own pace. The main way this is accomplished is by the preaching and teaching of God’s Holy Word.
To hear a recent sermon, please see Fellowship Church’s SERMONS page.
What else do I need to know?
We would love to serve you as a guest of Fellowship Church Lubbock. We hope you will take a moment to look at FCL’s Statement of Faith and the “Core Values” that we hold. We strive to faithfully live out the statements on this website and pray that we might accurately represent what you read here when you join us in person at FCL. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact an elder.
Simply put, when you visit FCL, we promise that you will find the Gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed and people that are anxious to serve you, all to the glory of God.
We look forward to meeting you very soon!
If you need more information before you attend, click HERE to email us.